My Uncle Bob wanted to buy a dog but it was rather expensive. But it didn’t put him off. He put some money by every month for a year. Last week he bought the dog and to celebrate he took it to a restaurant in London. Bob’s sister lives in London and has a spare room so she put them up for the weekend. The restaurant was rather expensive. He noticed they had put the prices up. Anyway, Bob had the chicken. It smelt funny which put him off. Rover, the dog, had the steak. The next day both Uncle Bob and Rover became ill. He should have taken the dog to the vet immediately but he put it off and he put it off. In the end Bob took it. The dog had food poisoning and the vet had to put him down! Bob was furious with the restaurant so he phoned them. He spoke to a waitress who put him through to the manager. But the manager refused to speak to Bob, said he was busy. Bob said he wasn’t going to put up with that excuse, so he charged out of the house and ran down the street, round the corner and straight into the restaurant. “I demand to see the manager!” shouted Bob, smoking excitedly on his cigarette. “Could you put out your cigarette, it's unhygenic” replied the waitress. “Unhygienic!” cried Uncle Bob “What about your steak! You killed my pedigree dog”! He showed her its photo. The waitress simply put him down by saying it wasn’t a pedigree, it was a mongrel! Uncle Bob marched up to her desk and threw all her papers, pens, handbag, flowers, all over the room. “Ha!” Cried Bob, and he walked out of the restaurant. He stood in front of the restaurant, looked across the road and what do you think he saw on the opposite side of the street? The restaurant he had been in the night before.
1. Match the phrasal verbs to their definitions.
2. Read through the story with a partner and see if you can remember which verbs go in each gap.
My Uncle Bob wanted to buy a dog but it was rather expensive But it didn’t ____ him _____. He _______ some money ______every month for a year. Last week he bought the dog and to celebrate he took it to a restaurant in London. Bob’s sister lives in London and has a spare room so she _______them _______for the weekend. The restaurant was rather expensive. He noticed they had _______the prices_______. Anyway, Bob had the chicken. It smelt funny which ____him _____. Rover, the dog, had the steak. The next day both Uncle Bob and Rover became ill. He should have taken the dog to the vet immediately but he _______it _______and he_______ it _______In the end Bob took it. The dog had food poisoning and the vet had to _______him _______. Bob was furious with the restaurant so he phoned them. He spoke to a waitress who _______him _______to the manager. But the manager refused to speak to Bob, said he was busy. Bob said he wasn’t going to _______that excuse, so he charged out of the house and ran down the street, round the corner and straight into the restaurant. “I demand to see the manager!” Shouted Bob, smoking excitedly on his cigarette. “Could you _______your cigarette, it’s unhygienic” replied the waitress. “Unhygienic!” cried Uncle Bob “What about your steak! You killed my pedigree dog”! The waitress simply _______him _______by saying his dog wasn’t a pedigree but a mongrel! Uncle Bob marched up to her desk and threw all her papers, pens, handbag, flowers, all over the room. “Ha!” Cried Bob, and he walked out of the restaurant. He stood in front of the restaurant, looked across the road and what do you think he saw on the opposite side of the street? The restaurant he had been in the night before.
3. Ask your partner these questions. Use the phrasal verbs in your answers
Do find it easy to put up with rude people?
What things do you often put off doing? Homework? Housework?
Should dogs that have been abandoned be put down?
If you saw someone smoking in a no smoking area, would you ask them to put it out?
What do you put money by for anything?
Do bad cinema reviews usually put you off seeing a film?
4. Add the correct phrasal verb in the correct form, to the following examples. Be careful to add any pronouns where necessary. Write the answer in the margin only so you can reuse this exercise again and again.
I _______ some money _____ every week. I want to buy a new guitar. …………….
The horse broke its leg so the vet had to _____ it ______. …………….
It’s no good ________ it _________, you have to do your home work! …………….
The fire started in the bedroom but we managed to _______ it ________ quickly. …………….
I don’t know how you __________ the weather here! It’s always raining. …………….
We ___________ the prices of our cakes because the ingredients have gone up. …………….
She really ________ him _______ when she said he was only a secretary. …………….
I can ________ you _______ if you need somewhere to stay. …………….
(on the telephone) Hello, can you _______ me ________ to client services? …………….
I was going to see the film but the terrible reviews ________ me _______. …………….
5. Key word sentence transformations
Rewrite the first sentence so that it means the same as the first sentence, using the key word. You must not change the key word in any way. Example: Angela started to smoke when she was twelve.
Answer: Angela took up smoking when she was twelve.
I can buy the car if I save up for a year.
I can buy the car if I __________________________ for a year.
You have to do the job before tomorrow so why not do it now?
You have to do the job before tomorrow so don’t __________________.
I don’t want you to not see the film because of what I said about it.
I don’t want ________________________________________ because of what I said about it.
The fire was extinguished by the firemen.
The firemen ___________________________________.
(on the telephone) Ok, I’ll connect you to the manager.
How do you tolerate this heat? It’s boiling! (boiling: very very hot)
How do you _________________________this heat? It’s boiling!
There is a spare bed if you want to stay the night.
Our prices have increased.
AnswersPhrasal verbs with Go Exercise 1: 1a 2b 3h 4d 5j 6c 7i 8e 9f 10g
Exercise 4: 1 went through 2 goes back 3 gone off 4 go on 5 go back 6 go out with
7 go off 8 go through 9 went out 10 gone up
Exercise 5: 1. She is going through a difficult time right now. 2. I’m going on a short trip to Rome
3. When the alarm went off, everyone went out of the shop very quickly. 4. I think this meat has gone off.
8. I want to go through this contact carefully before I sign it.
Phrasal verbs with Make Exercise 1: 1b 2g 3f 4a 5e 6c 7h 8d 9i
Exercise 4: 1 making (it) up 2 made for 3 make of 4 make up 5 make up 6 make up my mind
7 make up for lost time 8 make out 9 make (it) out
Exercise 5: 1. The robber made up a story when the police interviewed him. 2. “When he left he made for the forest.”
3. I can’t make up my mind! 4. I can’t make it out. 5. We need to make up (for lost) time
6. What do you make of her new boyfriend? 7. They made up after the argument. 8. He was poor but he made out he was rich.
Phrasal verbs with Put Exercise 1: 1b 2e 3f 4a 5i 6j 7h 8c 9g 10d
Exercise 4: 1. put (some money) by 2. put (it) down 3. putting (it) off 4. put (it) out 5. put up with
6. put up 7. put (him) down) 8. put (you) up 9. put (me) through 10. put (me) off
Exercise 5: 1. I can buy the car if I put money by/aside for a year. 2.You have to do the job before tomorrow so don’t put it off. 3. I don’t want to put you off seeing the film because of what I said about it.
4. The firemen put out the fire. 5. Ok, I’ll put you through to the manager. 6. How do you put up with this heat? It’s boiling!
7. I can put you up if you want to stay the night. 8. We have put up our prices Phrasal verbs with Turn Exercise 1: 1j 2f 3a 4k 5i 6b and g 7d 8c 9e 10h
Exercise 4: 1 turned away 2 turned it down 3 turned up 4 turn back 5 turned over 6 turned into
7 turned down 8 turn up 9 turned out 10 turn off
Exercise 5: 1 Frank will probably turn down the new offer 2 in the end the film turned out to be
3 If you hear a strange noise, turn off the engine 4 It was so hot they decided to turn back
5 The watch turned up in the bathroom 6 They couldn’t hear the film so they turned up the volume
7 The argument turned into a nasty fight 8 We were dressed too casually so the man on the door turned us away
9 There were too many of us in the boat and it turned over Phrasal verbs with Look Exercise 1: 1i 2b 3g 4c 5f 6h 7j 8d 9e 10a
Exercise 4: 1 look into it 2 look after 3 look at 4 look up to 5 look out for 6 look it up 7 look through 8 looking forward to
9 looking for 10 looked for
Exercise 5: 1 When you buy things in a market, you have to look out for cheap imitations
2 My boss looked over the plans but seemed to think they were ok. 3 The police are looking into it.
4 ….it was my uncle who I really looked up to. 5 you could try to look it up in his address book.
6 The neighbours have said they would look after the dog while we are away. 7 I looked through the catalogue quickly but I didn’t see anything that caught my eye. 8 I’m really looking forward to seeing her after all this time.
Phrasal verbs with Take Exercise 1: 1a 2f 3b 4j 5h 6g 7d 8c 9e 10i
Exercise 4: 1 take on 2 take on 3 take in 4 take (it) back 5 takes up 6 took over
7 took down 8 take care 9 take to 10 taken in
Exercise 5: 1 He took down everything we said on a piece of paper. 2 We need to take on more people to work in the factory. 3 He takes care of his father 4 I’m going to take it backthe shop
5 The new promotion means more money but I have taken on a lot more work. 6 I lost my job when a big company took over my company. 7. I was taken inby everything he told me. 8. I can’t take in all the information
Phrasal verbs with Get Exercise 1: 1d 2h 3e 4j 5a 6b 7c 8f 9g 10i
Exercise 4: 1. get round 2. get on 3. get off 4. get away with 5. get (me) down 6. get in
7. getting in trouble/getting up to something 8. get over
Exercise 5: 1. He can get round his dad. 2. I get on with my in-laws. 3. You need to get off the bus when it gets to the park.
4. Rainy weather gets me down. 5. He got into trouble because he broke the window. 6. He got over his illness.
7. You can get in here. 8. He always gets away with it.
Phrasal verbs with Bring Exercise 1: 1e 2f 3g 4c 5h 6a 7b 8d 9i
Exercise 4: 1 bring back 2 brought on 3 brought back 4 brought up 5 bring forward 6 bring in 7 brought up 8 bring round
Exercise 5: 1. The company wants to bring out another issue of the magazine. 2. Increased pollution could bring about catastrophic results. 3. She was brought up by her grandparents after the accident. 4 The boss decided to bring forward the date of the meeting to this Thursday. 5. He brought up the matter in the meeting on Friday. 6. She said she would bring back from England with that strong cheese he so liked. 7. That photograph brings back memories.
8. The job was too difficult so we brought in an expert. 9. After he fainted, Uncle Bob brought him round with some brandy.